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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 3, 2011 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What do you chose to believe Franklin's Tower is about?

Nope, not joking. I've heard that story but I've never believed it, and I think the boys went along with what Hunter said about the fan probably because they thought it was pretty funny too ...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 3, 2011 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What do you chose to believe Franklin's Tower is about?

The staff talk about the fan in the office; thus, it existed. I don't get the search for deeper meaning. Do I actually have to dredge up quotes from the gals in the front office?

No offence. But I did a HS report on the meaning of THIS tune, and researched it in 73.

What next--that CCS has significance for the rise of Mao?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Nov 3, 2011 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What do you chose to believe Franklin's Tower is about?


Hmmm ... well obviously you know some things that I don't, but the "big electric fan" story seems on the surface to be so absurd that I simply rejected it. It's much more fun to imagine Hunter under siege by a "large tripping groupie" ...

When dealing with modern lyrics or poetry I don't think that considering the possibility of some wordplay is some crazy hunt for meaning. John Lennon's "Because" is one of the Beatles trippiest numbers, but if you break down the lyrics it's just Lennon in a playful, punny mode:
because the world is ROUND, it TURNS me on,
because the sky is BLUE, it makes me CRY,
because the wind is HIGH, it BLOWS MY MIND

Sometimes the simple explanation is the best - but hmmm again - maybe Little Red Rooster really IS about barnyard fowl ...

Peace

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 3, 2011 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What do you chose to believe Franklin's Tower is about?

Oh yeah, I didn't mean to come too strong; that's related to the ongoing debate about what Hunter was thinking when writing FT. I was only chiming in with "a fan did in fact exist, and they--staff, band, etc--called it Bertha".

You are absolutely right that having taken that "factoid" really has nothing to do with what Hunter might have gone on to "use" it for...

IE, since he didn't explain in detail as he did with FT, it isn't as clear, but I just wanted to establish that there was a "starting point" of a "fan called Bertha".

In fact, at the time, we thought it MUCH more insightful, bizarre, literary genius, and such, to find out that it was a FAN and not a lg chested, very angry woman chasing Jerry out into the rain. To me, that's the simpler explanation.

IN fact, when doing my paper on it, everyone said "no way this is about a fan!", and of course, the overall song is not, IMHO (in this case), but that little reference to a real-life item is classic Hunter, IMO.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 3, 2011 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What do you chose to believe Franklin's Tower is about?

"maybe Little Red Rooster really IS about barnyard fowl"
That made me laugh out loud - thanks. Sort of like how Led Zeppelin's Lemon Song is about making lemonade.